Facial dermal fillers are a quick, simple way to help you look more youthful and rested without downtime. These treatments make it easy to smooth out wrinkles, skin depressions and surface scarring. They can even improve the look of aging hands and sculpt the lips. A popular treatment at our Sarasota cosmetic surgery practice is Voluma made by Juvederm. These injections help restore volume in the cheeks for a lifted, more youthful facial contour. The gel is injected around the hollows of the cheeks, which also helps to diminish wrinkles and lines around the treated area and near the nose and mouth.
"This Specific Doctor! - I view the choice for a plastic surgeon in 3 areas. Reputation; manner; results. I was walking in with a face that had been treated with Botox in such a way that, to me, I looked grotesque. I could smile on one side and the other side of my mouth was paralyzed by the fact that Botox took effect on one side but not on the other. The Botox had been administered by another doctor in another state. To say I was nervous about doing anything else at all was an understatement. I remember Dr. Graham saying to me, when I was considering a lower-priced dermatologist to address my face, "Think about it; it's your face." Good words. I did think about it and I did proceed with Dr. Graham. I had known numerous people who had seen him for successful surgeries, and many of them could afford to go to any doctor in the world. They chose Dr. Graham. He took the time with me, explained, reassured and scheduled me in a time frame for which I could be in town. He was very well recommended and has an unusually admirable reputation. That is what initially got me there. His manner was kind and sweet yet also had a touch of confidence and conviction that he could help me that sort of made me pay special attention to the level of expertise and care I was about to receive.That brings us to the results. No one but a few close friends know I had this surgery. Yet everyone says how great I look, that life must be treating me well, that I seem so happy and content these days. Dr. Graham created the perfect look with a gentle touch, with not too much but very much enough for significant improvement and for rolling back the clock. I am 64. Most people guess that I'm in my early to mid-40's. Maybe that's just being polite but the fact that these compliments come from such diverse individuals and on the heels of this surgery must be more than coincidental.I must compliment, too, the staff at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center. Helpful, polite, kind, caring, reassuring....they are extremely supportive and no question seems to mundane or silly for them to answer. They are prompt at returning a phone call and bend over backwards to make scheduling work. The office feels good. It is comfortable, tasteful, clean, nurturing, peaceful.I would go to Dr. Braun Graham again. Plastic surgery is not inexpensive but we don't get another body to live in. Not only would I recommend his work to others, I would return to his care myself knowing I was in the best hands possible. I say this, too, because I have had previous procedures and while I have interacted with some very good physicians and surgeons, I believe Dr. Graham is at the very top of the list in the qualities I value."- F. / RealSelf / Nov 16, 2016
"Extremely Thrilled with my Breast Augmentation Results with Dr Engel - A++ Doctor. I am beyond impressed by Dr. Engel and his staff. He has miracle hands and gave me amazing results! I would recommend him to anyone and everyone looking for any type of enhancements. He far exceeded my expectations and treats you just like part of the family. Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center and Dr. Engel are #1 in my book and I will never go anywhere else!!"- D. / RealSelf / Feb 06, 2018
"Face Lift - Everyone was very professional. I never felt like I was rushed during my visits. The doctor took his time explaining everything to me and making sure all my questions were answered to my satisfaction. Very friendly office. Would highly recommend."- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Jan 22, 2018
"A Life Changing Experience - After many years of considering having a lift with augmentation I am beyond pleased with my beautiful results and would highly recommend Dr. Engel to friends, family and anyone!!! Plenty of plastic surgeons can achieve great results, but not as many look at it from a patient-centered viewpoint like Dr. Engel does. Each appointment I’ve had with Dr. Engel from the consultation~surgery d..."- S. / RealSelf / Jan 28, 2018
"What is really needed in Dr. Derby's reviews is a sixth star. As you can note from reading previous patient comments, he is professional and compassionate in everything he does from the time you are admitted through the thoughtful follow-ups he makes personally. The whole experience was so comfortable and rewarding, I almost wish there were something else I needed stitched up."- M.P. / Healthgrades / Jan 31, 2018
What to Expect
Voluma is injected into the skin with fine needles, so some patients may experience some minor pain from the initial prick. Numbing creams may be applied on the injection site to ease the patient’s discomfort. Patients also have the option to use lidocaine, which is mixed with the Voluma solution, to help provide anesthetic effects in and around the area. A treatment may last up to 30 minutes. Patients will be able to return to daily activities after several hours. There may be some swelling, discoloration and tenderness around the cheeks, but will subside after a few days. Results are readily evident, and can last up to 2 years.
Is Hyaluronic Acid Natural?
Hyaluronic acid, Voluma’s main ingredient, is derived from natural substances found in the human body. Its main function is cell hydration, and with its cross-linking abilities, it is generally useful in helping facial areas that lack volume. Over time, the gel substance breaks down and is absorbed naturally by the body without any side effects.
Those who seek improved volume in the cheeks may consider Voluma as a noninvasive solution. The lack of cheek volume may be due to aging or the patient’s natural facial structure. The doctor will be able to recommend if Voluma is the best option during the initial consultation.
How Long Is Recovery?
Right after treatment, patients will be able to resume to their normal routine with restriction on strenuous activities or any movement that may put pressure on the treated area. It may take up to 1 week before the derma filler settles within the cheek pockets.
Among derma fillers available in the market today, Voluma can last up to 2 years or longer. Reinjection varies as patients’ bodies process and break down hyaluronic acid at different rates.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Procedure Recovery Location